Five Ways to Help the Environment
Everyone must have thought at some point of time of ways to help the environment. It’s easy to get confused or intimidated by all the advice online and in the news. Not to worry, it turns out there are so many simple things anyone can do to help the environment and your wallet too.
Ever go to your mailbox and its overstuffed with junk mail and useless catalogs? And then you go through your mail and one by one toss it all in the garbage nearby. Well suppose you could do the environment a big favor by reducing the amount of junk mail you receive by 90%. Cut down on junk mail you receive today to save energy, natural resource’s, landfill space, tax dollars and a lot of personal time.
This is a very low cost solution, for the cost of an envelope and a stamp, you can reduce a lot of annoying junk mail and reduce your impact to the environment at the same time. Go to OptOutPreScreen.com and print the form and send it in.
Vampire electronics are those electronic devices in all of our homes that we never turn off, thus sucking energy away. These are devices that we never usually turn off because they are in stand by mode but happens to make up a significant portion of our energy bills. Examples of vampire electronics would be the coffee maker, the microwave, the dvd player, or even your computer. These devices are not in use but something as simple as the the time display on your DVD player or old VCR player are sucking energy like a blood thirsty vampire. In fact, vampire electronics suck more energy than you think.
This is a no cost solution to you if you can remember to unplug some of your devices including your cell phone charger. Although, if you are too forgetful to remember to pull the plug on your devices, you can purchase a smart strip or a conserve socket to help you stop that vampire energy from running your electricity bills up.
When you wake up in the morning and you are getting ready for school or work, people often follow a repeated pattern much like that of a robot. There are some easy things to green your morning routine and help you save a little green too.
- Check your thermostat on the water heater. If you lower it to 120 degrees instead of 140, you could lower your electricity bill by as much as ten percent.
- Use less water. If you make a point to take a 5 minute shower instead of a 15 minute shower, you’ve just scored eco points and if you can do it for a full month, you’ll save money on your utility bill too
- If you’ve got long hair, consider letting your hair air dry instead of blow drying it. Blow dryers consume a ton of energy, so if you can get by without, more eco points for you.
- Ditch the disposable razors. 2 billion disposable plastic razors are purchased each year. Eventually they get tossed into the landfill. A more permanent razor with changeable razor heads would be a better choice to help reduce waste.
- Your cup of coffee – Fair trade Organic is the way to go. Carry a stainless steel mug with you to work or school.
Most of these things are pretty simple to do at no cost or low cost. If you set a goal of reducing your monthly electricity bill, it could be as fun as playing a game.
Do you have single pane windows? Unfortunately, windows are the number one source of energy loss from buildings. Not to worry, a new startup in Portland called Indow Windows makes a thermal window insert that just presses into place on the inside of a window frame to upgrade the thermal performance of a single pane window to almost be equivalent to a standard double pane. If you live in a noisy neighborhood, the inserts also have the benefit of reducing sound transmission by up to 50%.
This moderate cost solution is cheaper than paying for the installation of brand new double or triple pane windows and will be a long term energy saver for your home.
If you haven’t already done so, check ALL your light sockets and make sure they are energy efficient. I prefer the new LED light bulbs – but they are kind of expensive. CFL’s have come down in price from a few years ago and are fairly inexpensive. Even a couple weeks ago I noticed that I hadn’t converted 4 bulbs that were all running at 65 watts. As soon as I noticed those energy hoggers, I went online and bought LED light bulbs that run on 7 watts of energy, although they were $18 a bulb.
This is a low cost solution that will help you reduce your electricity bill and reduce demand from energy companies that are most likely burning fossil fuels to power your home (depending on where you live).
And there we have it. We’ve listed five ways you can help the environment (actually a little bit more than five) that anyone can do with little to no cost.
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